Hip

Hip Specialist
Aggravating hip pain can impair your ability to do the things you love. If you’re troubled with hip pain, Dr. Robert J. Lee at Robert Lee Orthopedics can help you explore your treatment options. At his practices in Idaho Falls and Blackfoot, Idaho, Dr. Lee, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon provides a vast range of high-quality treatments, including partial and total hip replacement surgery. Call or make your appointment online today.

Hip Q & A

by Robert J. Lee, MD

What causes hip pain?

Arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis, often causes hip pain. Other reasons for hip pain include:

  • Injury
  • Infection
  • Tendonitis
  • Muscle or tendon strain
  • Developmental abnormalities of the hip


Osteonecrosis is another cause of hip pain that decreases the blood supply to the head of the thighbone and damages the hip bone.


If your bones don’t receive adequate blood supply, eventually this process causes the bones to collapse. Dislocations or fractures of the thigh bone can cause osteonecrosis.

Hip pain can evolve into pain in other areas as well, including the:

  • Thigh
  • Groin
  • Buttocks
  • Inside of the hip joint

What are some at-home treatments for hip pain?

There are numerous ways you can ease your hip pain without medication or surgery, including:

Rest

Be sure to get plenty of rest to allow your body to attempt to heal and recover.

Elevate your leg

Elevate either the leg on the same side as your hip pain or both legs; for some people, this gentle stretch on the hips can disperse inflammation.

Ice the affected area

Place ice on the affected area for up to 15 minutes, multiple times a day.

Exercise

The hips are ball-and-socket joints that need regular movement to stay agile. Low-impact exercises like stretching and resistance training can decrease pain and improve your joint mobility.

What tests do I need to find out if a hip replacement is right for me?

Dr. Lee conducts a physical exam to assess the duration and severity of your hip pain. He may send you for an X-ray to determine any possible loss of cartilage in the hip socket. To confirm your diagnosis, Dr. Lee might send you for additional tests, like an MRI or a CT scan.

How is a hip replacement surgery performed?

During your hip replacement surgery, Dr. Lee surgically removes the damaged cartilage, ball-and-socket mechanism, and the head of the thighbone, and replaces them with artificial implants.

The recovery period for a hip replacement surgery varies, but you’ll need to plan ahead and make sure you’ve set aside plenty of time to rest. The medical staff will monitor you and encouraged to sit up, or even attempt to walk with a walker or crutches, shortly after your surgery.

You may have to wear compression stockings or inflatable air sleeves on your lower legs to prevent blood clots, and Dr. Lee may prescribe additional medications.

Physical therapy is also a key part of your recovery and will help you get used to your new hip and maintain and improve your mobility. Your healing process begins immediately, so every step is important. Call Dr. Lee’s practice today or book your appointment online.  

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